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Monday, February 23rd (All times eastern)

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (21-24-8-8) at Phoenix Coyotes (20-24-14-3), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of teams with fading playoff chances face off tonight, as the Phoenix Coyotes host the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at Glendale Arena.

The Mighty Ducks, last year's Western Conference champions, have 58 points and are nine points out of the final playoff berth. Phoenix is currently 10 points behind St. Louis and Los Angeles for the eighth spot.

Anaheim is coming off Sunday's setback in Dallas. Marty Turco needed to make just 14 saves to earn his sixth shutout of the season, leading the Stars to a dominating 4-0 victory at American Airlines Center.

The Ducks were shut out for the fifth time this season. They failed to record a point for the first time in five games (3-1-0-1) and are 5-2-0-1 in their last eight. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 25 saves in defeat.

Anaheim, which has dropped four of five and eight of its last 10 road games, completes its brief two-game road trip this evening.

Phoenix is coming off an 8-2 blowout loss to the Predators on Saturday. Steve Sullivan had a goal and three assists to lead Nashville to an 8-2 victory at Glendale Arena.

Fredrik Sjostrom and Jeff Taffe scored for the Coyotes, who are just 2-9-1-1 in their last 13 games. Brian Boucher allowed five goals on 14 shots before being replaced by backup Jean-Marc Pelletier. Pelletier finished with 12 saves on 15 shots.

Sjostrom gave the Coyotes the lead just 34 seconds into the game, but Nashville scored three times before the first period ended to take the lead.

Phoenix is 1-18-5 when trailing after the first period this season.

On the injury front, Phoenix forward Ladislav Nagy, who was sidelined indefinitely with a dislocated wrist, will miss the remainder of the season due to the injury. With 24 goals and 52 points, Nagy is the second-leading scorer for Phoenix, and the team's top goal producer.

The Coyotes, who are 2-5-1-1 in their last nine games, play the third test of a five-game homestand tonight.

These teams have split four meetings this season and Anaheim holds a slight edge in the last 10 matchups (5-4-1). However, the Mighty Ducks have dropped three straight in Phoenix.

02/23 10:30:34 ET


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